‘The new?’ Leonardo Bonucci doesn’t know Ivan Toney’s name before his England debut

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Peter Kavinsky

Leonardo Bonucci has labeled England’s new boy Ivan Toney “the new one” ahead of their possible meeting in Milan.

The Three Lions face Italy in Nations League Group A on Friday night, in one of their penultimate matches before the World Cup in Qatar.

After five goals this season, Gareth Southgate has given the Brentford Toney forward a first international call-up this week.

Bonucci, however, is not very familiar with the 26-year-old.

“With Kane, we played a lot of games against each other. I believe he is a great striker and one of the best in the world,” he said when asked about England’s range of attacking options.

“Is the new? We will see. I’ve watched some videos about him these past few days and he’s very talented.

“In England they have a big advantage as they have real talent, thanks to the courage of Premier League clubs to make them play.”

Italy captain Bonucci feels his team can use England’s visit to Milan to gauge themselves after failing to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.

He added: “It will be a very important match because it will tell us where we are in this renaissance, let’s say.

“Because after not qualifying for the World Cup the coach changed a lot of players, so tomorrow we will understand where we really are, where we need to improve and if there is anything to improve.

“But I think this will be the best possible match to start over and build something new and important for the future.

“England are a great team so we need to pay attention to their individual qualities, because offensively they have very talented players who can change the game in the blink of an eye.”

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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